Chapter 6 – Book of Foundations by St. Teresa of Avila – Discerning Hearts Podcast

The Book of the Foundations

By

St. Teresa of Avila

Chapter 6 – St. Teresa shows the harm that may happen to spiritual persons by their not understanding when they should resist the spirit (ie. the difference between rapture and absorption).  She also treats of the desires a soul may have to communicate (receive Holy Communion), and of the deceit there may be in doing so.  Other important matters are mentioned for the government of the houses.

For all chapters of the audiobook visit:  The Book of Foundations audio page

For the pdf containing the complete text and footnotes click here

Translated by The Rev. John Dalton
Thomas Jones, London [1853]

Read by Kris McGregor

 

Novena to St. Mother Teresa of Calcutta Day 5

Fifth Day – Trust Jesus BlindlyMother-Teresa-6

Thought for the day:
“Confidence in God can do all things. It is our emptiness and lowliness that God needs and not our plenitude’”

Ask for the grace to have an unshakeable trust in  God’s power and love for you and for all.

St. Teresa of Calcutta, you allowed the thirsting love of Jesus on the Cross to become a living flame within you, and so became the light of His love to all.

Obtain from the Heart of Jesus (here make your request).

Teach me to allow Jesus to penetrate and possess my whole being so completely that my life, too, may radiate His light and love to others. Amen.

Immaculate Heart of Mary, Cause of Our Joy, pray for me.
St. Teresa of Calcutta, pray for me.

text © Missionaries of Charity

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ST-John Ep 20 – John 9 The Man Born Blind part 2 – The Gospel of St. John – Seeking Truth with Sharon Doran – Discerning Hearts Podcast

Episode 20 – John 9:  The Man Born Blind part 2

As we begin our study of John 9, the man born blind, Sharon reminds us that John’s Gospel contains 7 signs:  water changed to wine (John 2), healing of the royal official’s son (John 4), healing of the lame man (John 5), feeding of the 5000 (John 6), walking on the Sea of Galilee (John 6), healing of the man born blind (John 9) and the raising of Lazarus (John 11).  Some scholars add an 8th sign, the resurrection of Jesus (John 20).  Focusing then on John 9, Sharon shows how the disciples were passing moral judgment against the man born blind, asking if it was his or his parent’s sin that caused his blindness.
If we are honest with ourselves, we tend to do the same:  we assume lung cancer is related to smoking or cirrhosis of the liver is related to alcohol abuse.  Sharon then takes us to the story of Job, who lost his possessions, his health, and his children, yet never sinned by cursing God.  As with the man born blind, Job’s sufferings were not without meaning but instead was an opportunity for the Lord to be magnified.  As we so often see, John’s Gospel is intimately connected with the book of Genesis:  the pre-incarnate Jesus created, while the incarnate Jesus recreated.  Recalling how Adam was created from the dust, the Church fathers believed that the man of John 9 was born without eyes and that Christ recreated this man by fashioning new eyes out of dust and spittle.
In another wonderful connection with Genesis, we recall that Gihon was one of the four rivers that flowed from Eden.  A river named by the same title Gihon or “Gush Forth” supplied the pool of Siloam, where the blind man washed away the mud, completing the restoration of his sight.  We also remember that after forming man from the dust of the ground, the Lord breathed His own divine breath of life into man, imparting an eternal soul into Adam.  The soul and body unite in a single nature, separated only at death, but to be reunited at the resurrection of the dead.  Jesus uses all things for his good, including death.  The curse of death resulted from the fall, yet Jesus conquered death on the cross and now our own death becomes our only avenue back to the fullness of the Trinity through Jesus!  Death used to separate us from God, but now death is our way back home.   As St. Paul said: “Where, O death, is your sting now?” (1 Cor. 15:55b).

Sharon gives several examples of various types of blindness in this chapter, including the blindness of the Pharisees who failed to see the glorification of God through this healing.  But blindness does not have to be a terminal condition.  Saul, Pharisee of Pharisees, was spiritually blind as he persecuted the early Christians.  Then the Lord rendered him physically blind for three days, resulting in the most magnificent of conversions.  A blind, sinful Pharisee was recreated into one of the most powerful witnesses ever to the glory of God.  Jesus came for all, the righteous and the sinners.  Baptismal waters gush forth to recreate all believers and fill us with His Holy Spirit.

 

 

Sharon Doran serves as the teaching director of “Seeking Truth.” An experienced Bible Study teacher, Sharon has a passion for scripture that will motivate and challenge you to immerse yourself in God’s Word and apply His message to your everyday life.

For more in this series visit the Seeking Truth with Sharon Doran Discerning Hearts page

“Seeking Truth” is an in-depth Catholic Bible Study, commissioned by the Archdiocese of Omaha in response to John Paul II’s call to the New Evangelization as well as Pope Benedict XVI’s exhortation for all Catholics to study scripture. To learn more go to www.seekingtruth.net

Novena to St. Mother Teresa of Calcutta Day 4

Mother-Teresa-5Fourth Day – Our Lady Will Help You

Thought for the day:
“How close we must keep to Our Lady who understood what depth of Divine Love was being revealed as she stood at the foot of the Cross and heard Jesus cry out: ‘I thirst.’”

Ask for the grace to learn from Our Lady to quench Jesus’ thirst as she did.

St. Teresa of Calcutta, you allowed the thirsting love of Jesus on the Cross to become a living flame within you, and so became the light of His love to all.

Obtain from the Heart of Jesus (here make your request).

Teach me to allow Jesus to penetrate and possess my whole being so completely that my life, too, may radiate His light and love to others. Amen.

Immaculate Heart of Mary, Cause of Our Joy, pray for me.
St. Teresa of Calcutta, pray for me.

text © Missionaries of Charity

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Chapter 5 – Book of Foundations by St. Teresa of Avila – Discerning Hearts Podcast

The Book of the Foundations

By

St. Teresa of Avila

Chapter 5 – Some directions concerning prayer.

For all chapters of the audiobook visit:  The Book of Foundations audio page

For the pdf containing the complete text and footnotes click here

Translated by The Rev. John Dalton
Thomas Jones, London [1853]

Read by Kris McGregor

 

Novena to St. Mother Teresa of Calcutta Day 3

Third Day –Mother-Teresa-4
Hear Him Say to You: “I Thirst”

 Thought for the day:
“Just think! God is thirsting for you and me to come forward to satiate His thirst.”

Ask for the grace to understand Jesus’ cry of thirst.

St. Teresa of Calcutta, you allowed the thirsting love of Jesus on the Cross to become a living flame within you, and so became the light of His love to all.

Obtain from the Heart of Jesus (here make your request).

Teach me to allow Jesus to penetrate and possess my whole being so completely that my life, too, may radiate His light and love to others. Amen.

Immaculate Heart of Mary, Cause of Our Joy, pray for me.
St. Teresa of Calcutta, pray for me.

text © Missionaries of Charity

Visit here for the complete Novena Prayer to Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta

Novena to St. Mother Teresa of Calcutta Day 2

Second Day – Jesus Loves YouMother-Teresa-1

Thought for the day:
“Do not be afraid – you are precious to Jesus. He loves you.”

Ask for the grace to be convinced of Jesus’ unconditional and personal love for you.

St. Teresa of Calcutta, you allowed the thirsting love of Jesus on the Cross to become a living flame within you, and so became the light of His love to all.

Obtain from the Heart of Jesus (here make your request).

Teach me to allow Jesus to penetrate and possess my whole being so completely that my life, too, may radiate His light and love to others. Amen.

Immaculate Heart of Mary, Cause of Our Joy, pray for me.
St. Teresa of Calcutta, pray for me.

text © Missionaries of Charity

Visit here for the complete Novena Prayer to St. Mother Teresa of Calcutta

HR#23 “Prayer during the Night” – The Holy Rule of St. Benedict with Fr. Mauritius Wilde O.S.B – Discerning Hearts Podcast

Prayer during the Night

From the Holy Rule of St. Benedict:

 

CHAPTER 8

Of the Divine Office during the Night

Making due allowance for circumstances, the brethren will rise during the winter season, that is, from the calends of November till Easter, at the eighth hour of the night; so that, having rested till a little after midnight, they may rise refreshed. The time, however, which remains over after the night office (Matins) will be employed in study by those of the brethren who still have some parts of the psalms and the lessons to learn.

But from Easter to the aforesaid calends, let the hour for celebrating the night office (Matins) be so arranged, that after a very short interval, during which the brethren may go out for the necessities of nature, the morning office (Lauds), which is to be said at the break of day, may follow presently.

Father Mauritius Wilde, OSB, Ph.D., did his philosophical, theological, and doctoral studies in Europe. He is the author of several books and directs retreats regularly. He serves as Prior at Sant’Anselmo in Rome.

For more, be sure to visit The Holy Rule of St. Benedict Rule with Fr. Mauritius Wilde O.S.B. Podcast Discerning Hearts page

Novena to St. Mother Teresa of Calcutta Day 1

First Day – Know the Living JesusBlessed-Mother-Teresa-207x300

Thought for the day:
“Don’t search for Jesus in far lands; He is not there. He is close to you; He is in you.”

Ask for the grace of an intimate knowledge of Jesus.

Saint Teresa of Calcutta, you allowed the thirsting love of Jesus on the Cross to become a living flame within you, and so became the light of His love to all.

Obtain from the Heart of Jesus (here make your request).

Teach me to allow Jesus to penetrate and possess my whole being so completely that my life, too, may radiate His light and love to others. Amen.

Immaculate Heart of Mary, Cause of Our Joy, pray for me.
Saint Teresa of Calcutta, pray for me.

text © Missionaries of Charity

Visit here for the complete Novena Prayer to Saint Mother Teresa of Calcutta

St. Augustine of Hippo Novena Day 9 – Discerning Hearts Podcast


Day 9St.-Monica

St. Augustine has written:

“Late have I loved you, beauty so old and so new: late have I loved you. And see, you were within and I was in the external world and sought you there, and in my unlovely state I plunged into those lovely created things which you made. You were with me, and I was not with you. The lovely things kept me far from you, though if they did not have their existence in you, they had no existence at all. You called and cried out loud and shattered my deafness. You were radiant and resplendent, you put to flight my blindness. You were fragrant, and I drew in my breath and now pant after you. I tasted you, and I feel but hunger and thirst for you. You touched me, and I am set on fire to attain the peace which is yours.”  (from the “Confessions“)

Heavenly Father,
we turn to you now with the intentions we hold in our hearts,
as pray as St. Augustine has taught:

Spirit of wisdom and understanding,
enlighten our minds to perceive the mysteries
of the universe in relation to eternity.

Spirit of right judgment and courage,
guide us and make us firm in our baptismal decision
to follow Jesus’ way of love.

Spirit of knowledge and reverence,
help us to see the lasting value of justice
and mercy in our everyday dealings with one another.

May we respect life
as we work to solve problems of family and nation,
economy and ecology.

Spirit of God,
spark our faith,
hope and love into new action each day.

Fill our lives with wonder and awe
in your presence which penetrates all creation.

Intercede for us, , St. Augustine
That God may favorably hear our plea
And that He may grant us the grace
To accept His will in all things,
Through Jesus Christ, our Lord,
In the unity of the Holy Spirit,
One God forever and ever.

Amen.

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